what will you do for the summer?

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what will you do for the summer?
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Mon, 03-24-2008 - 9:39am

If you're working and you don't normally use DC because your kids are at school, what are your plans for daytime childcare and activities for the summer?

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Mon, 03-24-2008 - 10:22am
of course I'd be happy to help.

 

Yes. We. Did.

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Mon, 03-24-2008 - 10:40am
Going to VBS is one of my best childhood memories. I used to go to the one my grandma's church held and stay with her for the whole week. I loved having that time with her. I remember her sitting on the porch cutting up apples for applesauce. And she would make the best popcorn for us to eat in the evenings.
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Mon, 03-24-2008 - 10:47am

This has always been tricky for us. When dd was smaller, she went a couple of summers to day camp, which was nifty, and one year she went to summer camp for a month, which was great. One year she stayed with my mom for three weeks, but my mother made clear that it would never happen again, oh well! However, summer vacation is THREE months down here, so it is hard to fill it all up. The last few years she has just been hanging around at home getting bored. It was her choice.

This year she has expressed interest in going to some kind of camp, so I am trying to find a camp for her in Germany. She would prefer Berlin and something with film or the arts. Ideas anyone? Summer jobs are not common here and kids under 16 are severely restricted from working, otherwise she would be getting a job.

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Mon, 03-24-2008 - 11:08am

Dylan will spend mornings at the bridal shop and afternoons at the Boys and Girls Club. We will go on "field trips" to Balboa Park, the beach, local historical sites, etc. There will also probably be occasions when one of his sisters will decide to do something with him.

Chris

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Mon, 03-24-2008 - 11:14am

9 weeks of summer recess:


dd-8 weeks of camp (2 different ones (6/2)---one week of vacation (cruise)

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Mon, 03-24-2008 - 11:50am

As usual, I will be working ridiculously long hours while my son stays at home, wallowing in his teen angst.


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Mon, 03-24-2008 - 12:06pm
I don't normally work in the summers, but this summer I'm going to try working halftime.
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Mon, 03-24-2008 - 1:04pm

It changes a bit every year depending on circumstances, but we usually divide up our vacation to cover most of the summer. Last year, I took the kids to my sister and either worked from her house or traveled while she handled most of the day-to-day stuff with the kids. Dh took a few weeks off from right after school ended until we went to the U.S., then I took a few weeks off from the time we got back from the U.S. until school started. When we were off with the kids, we mostly hung out with friends, went swimming, visited favorite places, or (in the case of dh) worked on some home projects.

This summer, we'll both take about 3 weeks off starting from right after school ends and travel throughout Europe during that time. My sister will meet up with us at one point and take the kids to France, while we head back to work. She'll then bring them back to Sweden and take care of them for a few more weeks while I work from home (with any luck, I'll be able to start extra early in the morning and have afternoons off so that we can do tourist stuff all together; the kids are already building a list :-)). After she leaves, dh will take a couple more weeks off until school starts. He'll probably take them on walks, go swimming with them and start some building projects during that time.

Camps do exist in Sweden, but they are generally more geared towards sports. Neither of the kids are particularly interested in sports, so they haven't ever gone to any camps here. Last summer, I signed them up for several camps in the U.S. (art and pirate for dd; computer for ds). I mainly wanted them to experience a learning environment with English-speaking kids. I'm hoping we can do something similar for summer 2009, even if that involves sending the kids to the U.S. on their own for a month.

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Mon, 03-24-2008 - 4:38pm

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Mon, 03-24-2008 - 4:44pm